Sunday, 8 June 2008


So what did we learn from this weekend's international action?

  1. The All Blacks can play rugby in the wet - a consequence of the little appreciated fact that it does, occasionally, rain in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

  2. Ireland's pack isn't all that it's cracked up to be (unless they wear the red of Munster). For examples please refer to pretty much every international performance since the 2007 Six Nations.

  3. Wales aren't anywhere near as good as they like to think they are. Or, at least, beyond their first choice 22 there's very little depth.

  4. Scotland can't buy a win at the moment, not even against an Argentinian 3rd XV. Perhaps they should arrange to play England again.

  5. England's best backline appears to be playing for the Saxons in the Churchill Cup. Their playing kit is also much nicer than the abomination the senior team continue to wear.


Nursedude said...

Yeah, I caught the Saxons-Eagles game. They beat us like a stepchild.

I have not seen the match I recorded of the Springboks and Wales. I did see NZ-Ireland, and the Kiwis just had too much class. I was surprised how poorly the Irish pack was against the kiwis.

Scotland is just a shadow of what they used to be from when Gavin Hastings played for them so many years ago. They DO seem to be able to kick it up a notch against England, but against everybody else, they are pretty woeful. The only reason they made the quarterfinals in the last World Cup is that in that group, there really was nothing after the All Blacks.

Nursedude said...

PS-I finally was able to sit down and watch the Springboks-Wales game last night. I don't know if it was a case of Wales playing THAT badly-Shane Williams did score a nice try...but the 'Boks were bigger, faster, more physical and Butch James just did not miss a thing kicking last night. If the Springboks play with the same level of intensity this weekend, I think they can hang another 40 points on the tourists. This Welsh side that went to South Africa looked more like the side that England toyed with for the first 60 minutes back in Twickenham-not like the team that won the grand slam. You can really tell that they miss the tackling and leadership of Martyn Williams.